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Fletcher Stands Alone At The Top

Posted by Stephen Czarda on May 9, 2013 – 12:07 pm

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

On Wednesday, longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Ronde Barber announced his intentions to retire after a 16-year career in which he appeared in five Pro Bowls and was named as an All-Pro three times.

On November 22, 1998, Barber took the field against the Detroit Lions in just your average regular season game. Three decades, one Super Bowl victory, and a decision to ditch their famous, or infamous, creamsicle jerseys later, Barber appeared in all of Tampa Bay’s 240 games until December 30, 2012.

While the defensive back pulled a Darrell Green and became a lifer for the loss-stricken franchise before his arrival, London Fletcher was proving that every NFL team completely miscounted his talents during the 1998 NFL Draft.

Since 2007, the four-time Pro Bowler has called the Nation’s Capital home and today he can also officially claim himself as the NFL’s sole Ironman after being tied with Barber with 240 consecutive appearances.

Now don’t go confusing Fletcher with the box office hit. Unlike Tony Stark his performances are real.

Similar to Stark’s suit of power, it seems that every time Fletcher snaps on his Redskins helmet and puts on his gold pants, he’s invincible.

In 1998, the undrafted college free agent signed with the St. Louis Rams. Few expected him to beat out his drafted counterparts for a roster spot. No one expected him to actually take the field during a regular season game.

On September 6, 1998 Fletcher took the field for the Rams against the New Orleans Saints.

Here’s a fun fact for you—at the time tackles weren’t an official stat yet.

Also, Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing” was the top jam in the country.

Unless you’ve completed stonewalled football from your life the last 15 years, there’s almost no chance you’ve missed Fletcher’s streak.

While there’s already a bevy of storylines to follow during the Redskins’ Monday Night Football opener against the Eagles, keep tabs on Fletcher as he looks to extend his games played streak.

Hail to the Redskins!

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4 Responses to “Fletcher Stands Alone At The Top”

  1. By Robyn Stultz on May 10, 2013 | Reply

    So glad that London Fletcher will be back in 2013! Bet that he will be glad that he stayed around to play in the BIG Game in February 2014! See you in New York at Met Life Stadium for a Super Bowl Win!

  2. By J Kushner on May 13, 2013 | Reply

    Wow, a dedicated, super-hard working man that also has more class than 99.9% of the entire league. I have a lot of respect for another man who works hard and doesn’t need to point it out to everyone! Thanks for coming back Fletch and have a great season!

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